BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Over 400 U.S. Marines will be leaving Syria after a two and a half month long deployment, the Spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve reported today.
“1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment arrived here Sept. 15 this year, replacing a previous unit. The Marines supported Coalition partner forces with precise artillery in the fight against ISIS in Raqqah, Syria. With the city liberated and ISIS on the run, the unit has been ordered home. Its replacements have been called off,” the OIR statement began.
“The departure of these outstanding Marines is a sign of real progress in the region,” the OIR director of operations stated.
“Our remaining forces will continue to work by, with, and through partner forces to defeat remaining ISIS, prevent a re-emergence of ISIS, and set conditions for international governments and NGOs to help local citizens recover from the horrors of ISIS’ short-lived rule,” the statement concluded.